That video is an example of one of many reasons why a mounted patrol is more than just crowd control. It is also for good will and to let people know that the NYPD is your friend..........and your dog's friend.
Hey, I know those police horses! I always stop and give them a thorough look. The black is part Percheron but the officer told all the police horses were"mutts". There is a lot of TB in some of them.
They must have a good farrier, all their shoeing jobs look good and there are a lot of accommodations made (one with a full circle shoe for his navicular other nice wedges.).
There is one really old horse I wish I could retire. Small chestnut with white hairs on his eyelids. He just looks so stoic and "its never going to get better". Sigh. On the other hand most of them look happy, if slightly bored.
The drummers with Occupy Wallstreet did get one horse's attention though (if not any humans).
I had a shelter dog that would sit under the horse's head and when the horse put his head down, she'd lick his nose and then roll over on her back directly under their heads with all 4 feet in the air. I kept trying to get her to NOT roll on her back for fear the horse might step on her. She'd also try to run after the horse and try to grab it's tail in her mouth.
Sometimes you have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you!
So cute. I love it when the different species interact. My black horse has a black cat friend that loves to hop on the fence while we groom and get nuzzled as he leans and winds around my horse's nose. It's become an almost daily ritual.
I love the NYC police horses! A few years ago there were a bunch of them out in Times Square at night and I had a great discussion about what breed the horse was, etc. That horse was a saint, letting all kind of tourists fuss over him (within reason).